Member of the Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology

Body: Council for Science and Technology
Appointing Department: Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Sector: Science & Technology
Location: London
Skills required: Accountancy, Business / Commercial
Number of Vacancies: 5
Remuneration: Reasonable travel and subsistence costs related to Council business
Time Requirements: 2-3 days per month


An announcement has been made on the outcome of this appointment.

The Council for Science and Technology advises the Prime Minister on strategic science and technology policy issues that cut across the responsibilities of individual government departments.

Sir Mark Walport, Government Chief Scientific Adviser said:

“The 5 new members of the Council for Science and Technology bring with them a breadth of experience and expertise which will enable the Council to continue to provide excellent advice to government on science and technology opportunities and challenges. This will help ensure the UK remains at the forefront of global science.”

Date: 05/09/2017

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    23/01/2017 at 17:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement


Vacancy Description

The Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology (CST) is the government’s top-level advisory body on science, technology, engineering, social sciences and disruptive innovation. It reports directly to the Prime Minister and is co-chaired by the Government Chief Scientific Adviser and an independent appointee. CST has recently provided advice to government on opportunities for the UK around connected and autonomous vehicles, algorithms and genomics. Further background on the Council and its recent projects can be found at

The Council is looking to renew its membership from April 2017. We are looking for 5 new members from:

  • business – large and small; industry, manufacturing, services, and the financial sector
  • not-for-profit organisations with a research or ‘science and society’ focus
  • academia.

The Council holds quarterly meetings, with additional work outside these meetings conducted through subgroups and contributions to CST letters or seminars.

The role of CST members is to provide a variety of perspectives from within academia, business and the third sector to help the PM and the government to deliver their economic and social priorities.

During their time on the Council, each member will be expected to actively lead work that provides useful advice to the PM. This may involve project scoping, stakeholder engagement, and producing a final output to the Prime Minister and other senior figures in government.

Person Specification

Members should be of sufficient stature and dynamism to contribute actively to both the Council’s policy agenda and to nurture links across the Council’s extensive network of senior stakeholders. They will need to work effectively with, and command the confidence of, the Prime Minister, Cabinet and Government Ministers, and those at the highest level within the research community, business and the public services. Members must at all times observe the highest standards of impartiality, integrity and objectivity in relation to the advice they provide.


  • Proven leadership at national level in their specific fields (whether business, the not-for-profit sector, or academia).
  • Knowledge and a strategic understanding of the policy issues relating to science, technology, engineering, social sciences and disruptive innovation.
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to develop and influence senior networks across government and relevant stakeholders.
  • Personal and political sensitivity when working with colleagues, government and external parties.


  • Ability to operate at the interface between disciplines.

Further information on the role can be found in the attached applicant pack.

We are open to candidates from a wide range of backgrounds. The government seeks to achieve balance in the Council’s membership profile in terms of gender, ethnic mix and disability alongside the wider criteria for membership.

How to Apply

Please submit your application by email in the first instance to:

Please ensure that you include “Council for Science and Technology” in the subject box.

Applications should consist of:

  • A full CV (including nationality, education and professional qualifications, career history, and relevant achievements and responsibilities).
  • A covering letter demonstrating evidence of your ability to meet the criteria for this role. Please provide specific examples to demonstrate how you meet each of the criteria.
  • The completed Political Activity, Conflict of Interest and Diversity Monitoring questionnaire.
CST Member Applicant Pack
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